Meetings and Conferences

Meetings and Conferences

NACCOM holds several meetings and conferences each year, in addition to our Annual Conference. These provide key opportunities for members to access resources and support alongside networking opportunities. Usually, events focus on one particular topic, allowing members to showcase good practice and provide a model for replication.

Upcoming events:

‘Funding Your Project’ Conference 

This one-day conference is designed for organisations working with destitute migrants who want to make the most of their existing income streams, or develop new ones. With Dominic Briant from the Metropolitan Migration Foundation providing a sector-specific funder’s perspective on trusts and foundations, and input from a range of NACCOM Members giving their expertise and experience in different areas of income generation, we hope this will be an inspiring and informative event.

Date: Thursday April 6th 2017

Venue: St George’s Centre, Leeds

Time: 10.30-4.30pm

Book your tickets here!

The programme for the day:

10.30 – 10.45 Registration and refreshments

10.45- 11.00 Welcome and Introduction

11.00 – 11.45 Fundraising – ‘A Funders Perspective’ followed by Q&A about Trusts and Foundations – Dominic Briant (Metropolitan Migration Foundation)

11.45 – 12.30 Fundraising – ‘A Project’s Perspective’ followed by Q&A on developing a successful funding strategy – Julian Prior (Action Foundation)

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.30 Workshop 1

2.30- 2.45 Break

2.45- 3.45 – Workshop 2

3.45- 4.30 – Focus Groups (small groups with facilitated discussions about how to develop resources and what they’ll take forward from the day)- gathered together in final plenary.

4.30- Close


Social Investment – how does it work and is it right for our project? *featuring input from Ben Martin (Commonweal Housing) and Sally Daghlian OBE (Praxis Community Projects)

Growing Your Supporter Base *featuring input from Alastair Murray (Housing Justice) and Lyndsey McLellan (ASSIST Sheffield)

Refugee Housing – exploring some of the benefits and challenges *featuring input from Caron Boulghassoul (Nottingham Arimathea Trust) and Paul Catterall (Open Door North East)

Developing outcomes and measuring impact *featuring input from Jon Beech (LASSN) and Tim Emerton (Boaz Trust)

Further information on the speakers:

Dominic Briant joined the Metropolitan Migration Foundation in 2016. Prior to this, he held a number of management and leadership posts with the British Red Cross in the UK and assignments across the world. The Migration Foundation invests in projects that aim to make migration work for migrants and communities with a particular focus on reducing destitution. From 2017 onwards, the Foundation is increasing investment in accommodation services including a pilot integrated housing, support and legal advice project in the East Midlands. Dominic is currently a member of the CCLA Ethical Advisory Board and is an independent advisor to Chatterbox, a social-enterprise creating employment for refugees whilst sharing expert language and cultural skills.

Julian Prior is the CEO and founder of Action Foundation, an award-winning charity in the North East delivering accommodation to both destitute asylum seekers and refugees, alongside other support services including English classes. Julian is also the Chair of Trustees at NACCOM and has been involved with the network since it began, and is also a fellow of the Centre for Social Justice. 

Further information on workshop facilitators:

Social Investment – how does it work and is it right for our project?

Sally Daghlian OBE has over 20 years’ professional experience in the migration and refugee field. She is the CEO of Praxis Community Projects in London, having previously served as Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council; playing a leading role in the development of the first ever governmental refugee integration strategy and advising on integration issues at grassroots and policy levels. She has also served as chair of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles and in 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Ben Martin joined Commonweal Housing in January 2017, having worked for half a decade in climate and renewable energy legislation, with a particular focus on policy advocacy for climate-safe energy access in emerging economies. A graduate of the Universities of Oxford and Chicago, Ben brings his passion for issues of injustice, equity, and social sustainability to his work at Commonweal.

Growing Your Supporter Base

Alastair Murray is London Development Coordinator at Housing Justice, the national Christian housing and homelessness campaigning charity. Since 2003 he has worked with NACCOM and others to support destitute migrants and refugees, including Hosting and Church and Community Night Shelters. Housing Justice is a member of the ‘Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution’ and leads in the development of the London Hosting Network. Alastair is also a Trustee of NACCOM.

Lyndsey McLellan has been the Community and Events Officer at ASSIST for the last 9 months after holding a similar role at Village Aid, an international development charity in the Peak District. Lyndsey has worked in the charity sector for the last 12 years, firstly in supporter roles with children’s charities, then as a health nutritionist and team leader in a health and community development focused charity which involved work in Malawi and Uganda.

Refugee Housing – exploring some of the benefits and challenges 

Paul Catterall has led Open Door North East, based in Middlesbrough, since 2009 and has worked in the refugee and asylum sector since 2005. Open Door North East provides housing for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. Paul has 20 years previous local government experience in urban regeneration. He is also the Treasurer of NACCOM.

Caron Boulghassoul is the Chief Executive Officer at Nottingham Arimathea Trust, where she began involvement in 2009. Nottingham Arimathea Trust provides housing for destitute asylum seekers and refugees. Caron has been working within the refugee sector for 15+ years and is undertaking a Masters in Charity Resource Management. She is also a Trustee of NACCOM.

Developing outcomes and measuring impact 

Jon Beech is the Director of Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (LASSN) and also chairs the Leeds Migration Partnership, which brings together statutory and voluntary organisations to think and act strategically about migration. Before moving to LASSN, Jon worked for a range of other organisations including Touchstone in Leeds, Mind and Shelter, and for a Local Authority as a homeless officer.

Tim Emerton is a fundraiser at The Boaz Trust and is responsible for all areas of voluntary income generation, including trusts, major donors, sponsored events, direct mail, church relationships, corporate partnerships, face to face fundraising and online. Alongside this, he also oversees the use and development of the fundraising element of the charity’s CRM database. Prior to working with Boaz, he has been in fundraising and client-facing roles at charities in the UK and Canada.

Delegates will be contacted to choose workshops in advance.

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Hosting Conferences

This year we are running two hosting conferences, one in London and one in Newcastle, both at the start of July. Ticket details to follow shortly, but do get the dates in your diaries now!

South (London)
Date: July 4th
Venue: All Souls Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland Street, London, W1T 6QG

North (Newcastle)
Date: July 6th
Venue: The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ

Annual Conference 2017

The next annual conference will also combine our AGM and is confirmed for Friday 15th September in Stoke on Trent. Further information to follow.

The NACCOM Annual Conference aims to support and resource existing organisations across the UK that are tackling destitution through innovative housing options and other services, empower those who want to start a new project and envision and challenge those who are interested in finding out more.

The format is informal and interactive, with keynote speeches, reports and interviews from long-standing and new projects and a choice of informative and inspiring workshops on issues chosen by member groups.

Member organisations can access resources from past conferences via the Members Area Library.

For activities related to our Action Groups please click here.

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